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Purple Mash review by Computing teacher

Date: 07.07.2022

Review subject: Computing

Phase: Primary

Reviewer: Computing teacher


Review rating:

Average rating across all Purple Mash reviews: 4.2/5

How well does it match the curriculum?

Well: It covers the curriculum as well as we expected

The programmes are easy to use, very clear for learners even those of young ages, versatile to suit different contexts and subjects


How well does it support adaptation for different groups of pupils?

Reasonably: Essentially there’s enough for most pupils but there isn’t enough support, extension or challenge

Larger range of differentiation options would be helpful e.g. options to make tasks easier or harder


How well does it engage and motivate pupils?

Brilliantly: Pupils love using and are excited when they know they are going to do so

It is very visual and engaging in its look, it is easy to use and quite simple with its icons for ease of understanding and useability


How well supported is it by any included formative assessments?

Reasonably: There is some formative assessment included, but its usefulness is a bit limited


How well does it support planning?

Well: It’s fairly self-contained and can be used with minimal preparation

The programme is incredibly easy to use and versatile to support planning in a range of subjects and different contexts


How well does it support home use / independent learning?

Reasonably: It could be used at home or independently, but pupils would need some extra support or resources


How would you rate it for value for money compared to similar resources?

Reasonably: It represents about the same value for money as similar resources I’ve seen

With the constraints on school budgets, it would be more helpful for the price of full memberships to be reduced. There are also issues with access to devices for all learners.


Would you recommend it to a colleague in a similar school to yours? 6/11


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